South Dakota Benzodiazepine (Diazepam) Detox & Rehabs

Created On Wednesday, 01, March 2017
Modified On Friday, 17, September 2021

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The different drug rehabilitation centers within the state of South Dakota include inpatient and outpatient programs. Most of the services provided within the state will treat benzodiazepine addiction. Initially, an addict must go through a medical detox program to treat the initial withdrawal symptoms, which can be dangerous with large amounts of the drug. Benzodiazepines cause an intense soothing and calming effect that can be difficult to give up. It is important that whenever taking these drugs, they are used as prescribed by healthcare professionals.

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Benzodiazepine Abuse in South Dakota

South Dakota’s issue with the abuse of benzodiazepines is not as bad as it is in most states, but it is still very distressing, because anyone who is having troubles with drug addiction of any kind is cause for concern in a community. In 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) compiled data on prescribing rates for different drugs, and it found that in the state, the prescribing rate for benzodiazepines was at 28 prescriptions per 100 persons. For this reason, the state implemented the South Dakota Prescription Monitoring Program to gather information on all prescriptions for controlled substances in Schedules II-IV. This was put in place to reduce the inappropriate use of these substances, so that less and less people can become addicted to them.

Benzodiazepines are classified as a tranquilizer or sedative, and are commonly prescribed drugs within the United States. Some of the brand names that are most used include Xanax, Librium, Valium, Ativan, and Klonopin. Benzodiazepine addiction is a serious problem that many people deal with, and the majority of people hooked on these drugs started with a prescription for them. Despite being legitimately prescribed for physical and mental health reasons, the risk of dependency is high.

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Marcel Gemme has been helping people struggling with addiction for over 19 years. He first started as an intake counselor for a drug rehabilitation center in 2000. During his 5 years as an intake counselor, he helped many addicts get the treatment they needed. He also dealt with the families and friends of those people; he saw first-hand how much strain addiction puts on a family and how it can tear relationships apart. With drug and alcohol problems constantly on the rise in the United States and Canada, he decided to use the Internet as a way to educate and help many more people in both those countries. This was 15 years ago. Since then, Marcel has built two of the largest websites in the U.S. and Canada which reach and help millions of people each year. He is an author and a leader in the field of drug and alcohol addiction. His main focus is threefold: education, prevention and rehabilitation. To this day, he still strives to be at the forefront of technology in order to help more and more people. He is a Licensed Drug and Alcohol Treatment Specialist graduate with Honours of Stratford Career Institute. Marcel has also received a certificate from Harvard for completing a course entitled The Opioid Crisis in America and a certificate from The University of Adelaide for completing a course entitled AddictionX: Managing Addiction: A Framework for Succesful Treatment.